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Pregnancy Care at the Torrance Memorial Physician Network Women's Center

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Every pregnancy is special. Whether you’re expecting your first child or your fifth, we share your excitement and can offer the highest quality care focused on helping you have a healthy pregnancy.

Whether your pregnancy is easy and uncomplicated or determined to be "high risk," we provide supportive maternity and neonatal care throughout your pregnancy, during labor and delivery and even after your baby's birth.

You can rely on our warm, caring support every step of the way to parenthood. A healthy mom and a healthy baby are the goal of every pregnancy.

The Torrance Memorial Physician Network Women's Center offers a full range of obstetrical services that include:

Preconception Planning

If you are young, healthy and have no reason to think you'll have trouble conceiving, you don't have to seek medical advice prior to getting pregnant — but we're happy to discuss what you can do to stay as healthy as possible for this important stage in your life. Women with pre-existing health conditions (especially if you are taking medications) are advised to schedule a preconception consultation and physical exam.

Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment

Pregnancy doesn't happen easily for everyone; we are committed to helping you fulfill your dream of conceiving and bearing a healthy child. We provide diagnostic testing and treatment for all stages of infertility in a sensitive and supportive environment. While our expertise does not extend to the ability to perform IVF (in vitro fertilization), if your journey to parenthood takes you this area we work with several outstanding IVF groups and can refer you to a place where your dreams for a family can become a reality.

Pre-and Postnatal Care

We believe there's no such thing as a "routine" pregnancy because each and every one is unique. We provide a full range of warm and supportive pre- and post-natal care services, and emphasize the well-being of both mother and baby every step of the way. We work closely with the perinatologists (high-risk pregnancy specialists) to provide you with the best possible pregnancy outcome.

Genetic Testing

Some forms of genetic screening (to identify whether your baby is at risk of certain genetic conditions) are now part of routine prenatal care. Other diagnostic tests may be advised if you or the father of your child have a known risk for a genetic condition or if potential risks are identified during routine testing.

High-Risk Obstetrics

Women are now starting families at older ages and we've gotten better at identifying potential problems earlier in pregnancy. As a result, we're now seeing more "high risk pregnancies" than ever before but a vast majority result in happy, healthy babies.

Since the uncertainty of a high-risk pregnancy can be challenging, we focus on providing clear and consistent communication from diagnosis through treatment and delivery. Our goal is to clearly explain every aspect of care, discussing all available and appropriate options to help you make the best decisions for your family.

During Your Pregnancy

Routine medical tests to ensure the health of the mother and unborn child are an important part of prenatal care. Some tests, including blood pressure and hemoglobin, are given periodically throughout pregnancy while others are given at specific times.

First Trimester

  • A Pap test to screen for precancerous abnormalities as well as sexually transmitted infections such as HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Blood tests, to check a variety of measures of maternal health
  • Ultrasound, to estimate due date and to monitor baby's growth and development
  • Urine tests to measure your sugar (for diabetes) and protein levels (to watch for signs of preeclampsia, a pregnancy-induced condition that includes high blood pressure and swelling due to fluid retention)
  • Chromosomal testing, to evaluate risk for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities that may affect fetal growth and development

Second Trimester

  • Quad screen, blood tests to detect certain genetic/birth defects. The tests screen for conditions such as open neural tube defects (ONTD), Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities
  • Depending on several different factors, including previous test results, some women may also have additional tests including amniocentesis (a test of the amniotic fluid) and chorionic villus sampling or CVS, a test performed on placental tissue
  • At about 20 weeks, a detailed ultrasound to evaluate fetal and placental health
  • Screening test for gestational diabetes

Third Trimester

  • A test for group B streptococcus (GBS), a common bacterium that may cause no symptoms in the mother but can be dangerous of passed to the baby during childbirth
  • Non-stress test (NST) may be done if it has been determined that your baby should be monitored

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